Police answer tough questions in Dunn case

August 30, 2011

Hailey Dunn of Colorado City has now been missing for eight months.

In a weekend gathering to remember Dunn, supporters like Carrie McGonigle had tough words for local law enforcement.
"They can't get it together," said McGonigle. "They can't put their man egos aside and make it about a little girl."
Police chief Roy Owens insists that's exactly what their work is about. He said, "That is our number one goal- is to find Hailey."
Searchers like Holly Jenkins still gather to look for the missing teenager. She's angry, because she feels law enforcement is allowing her and others to waste their time.
"So we spent all day, all night, driving from all over to search and our items that we found, we tagged, we turned in weren't picked up," said Jenkins.
Detective Kelsey Alexander explains that not everything can be collected, but says police are paying attention.
"Some of the items are collected. Some of them aren't. Just because it wasn't collected doesn't mean it wasn't investigated," she explains.
Anger isn't just directed at the police department.
"There is seriously a lack of communication between Colorado City PD and the Sheriff's Department and the Texas Rangers...all of it," Carrie McGonigle said.
Chief Owens says his department regularly communicates with other agencies. He also understands the frustration.
"I know it's been eight months, and I'm sorry we haven't had an answer for where Hailey is...yet, but I hope that we find that soon," Owens said.
Sorry isn't good enough for Jenkins.
"We need someone else in charge. We need a new investigator- somebody with an open mind, that's going to listen and that's going to work and try," Holly Jenkins said.
Chief Owens is concerned that too much gets lost in gossip and discussion. He says tips need to be given directly to law enforcement.
"If you're concerned and you have something that can help us solve this disappearance, then call us. Don't bash us. Give us a call. Help us out, that's what we want," said Owens.
Everyone agrees they want Hailey home safely.

Comments

The "Dunn search"

September 17, 2011 by coloradocity (not verified), 3 years 13 weeks ago
Comment: 272

Bless all the folks that have been searching for this little girl. With that being said I think their looking in the wrong place. When the news first broke about her missing, the "birth father" went straight to El Paso and started handing out flyers. I think a search around Colorado City, is a waste of time. I do wish there would be some closure though, I have two little boys myself and life hasen't been the same.

Dunn girl search

August 31, 2011 by lfranklin (not verified), 3 years 16 weeks ago
Comment: 251

I can't believe anyone would bash investigators the way Holly Jenkins did in that article. Personally, I don't know much about the case..I just know that I have a neice in Snyder that still hurts for this little girl Haley.
Instead of bashing the police and investigators, why don't you bash the mom and boyfriend. Too many clues lead to the guilt of both of them....bash them for a while...maybe u will get somewhere. Maybe she will be found.
just sayin....

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